Recognizing that underneath its thin skin of "talk, talk, talk" (186), Mosquitoes is a novel deeply concerned with embodiment--and female embodiment in particular--will enable us to see what is most Faulknerian
about this ostensibly un-Faulknerian book.
Other characters have different designs on the treasure: Uncle Teddy is a preacher in need of a church (and congregation), Dill Smiles is the lesbian-sort-of-passing-as-a-man who needs to augment her failing pig-farming operation, Aunt June wants to buy a leg in her color, cousin Homer Rochfoucault wants to return to university so that he can become a senator one day even though his NAACP funds have run short, and Laz Jackson, a Faulknerian
idiot-philosopher, wants to fund his marriage to Billy Beede, if she'll have him.
In a typical Faulknerian
figuration the train, the stallion, and its handlers come off the rails.
Once more, while Winchell's mode is the narrative summary, his focus is narrow and particular, and this survey of Faulknerian
scholarship admits nothing of the great diversity of critical approaches to Faulkner that have developed since the 1970s.
The book concludes with a chapter that describes "Faulkner the teller." Summing up the Faulknerian
plot as one in which "actions and inactions are assertive and are distributed among several agents making their own moves" (213), Labatt focuses on Faulkner's "mannerist" control, his "potency" as a maker of plots.
In a recent electronic missive, cheese authority Steven Jenkins described a 24-month-aged Comte, recalling in a Faulknerian
refrain that it "slips the surly bonds of earth and dances across the sky on rapture-silvered wings.
Rather like one of those Faulknerian
talismans of endurance, Hannah uses patience as a scythe with which to forge her way through life.
prose manages to be both purple and flat while its political reflections are just banal.
This reviewer counts four specific alterations of style: the Gothic lyricism of his Appalachian novels; the Faulknerian
maximalism of Suttree; the biblical rhetoric of his opus, Blood Meridian; and the harsh poeticism of his masterful Border Trilogy.
For Peter--who was once demoted from corporal to private after ostentatiously saluting a high-ranking black officer--that moment of casual racism was an emblem of the trouble he would always have with the South and its Faulknerian
The label describes it as "a wholesome combo of Faulknerian
images, American Gothic sensibilities and down-home melodies."
However, olim, who somehow contrive to learn to practice those Agnonian (and Faulknerian
) virtues of abnegation, endurance, and, yes, cunning, generally do in time settle down in some niche in the Land.